Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New bridge beams installed over the Fifteen Mile Creek in Lincoln

below: Aug.30, 2010 - heading eastbound along the QEW near Grimsby, this escorted over-size-load truck is carrying a massive concrete beam, which is part of a bridge construction project over Fifteen Mile Creek, located just east of Charles Daley Park in Lincoln, Ontario.
above: Aug.30, 2010 - the truck hauling the long concrete beam arrives on the North Service Rd., on the west-side of the new bridge construction, as seen from inside the front entrance to Charles Daley Park. Note: that is one beam, on one truck seen above -  not two!!
The North Service Rd. has been closed for several months, since about July, while the old bridge over Fifteen Mile Creek was torn down and new abutments were built on the east and west side of the creek. On Aug.30, several trucks with these massive beams lined up on the west-side of the N.Service Rd., and more were arriving, bringing a total of ten of the masive beams, which were about a hundred feet long.
above: Aug.30, 2010 - the beams, still on their trailer wheels, were all lined up along the road, to the west (to the right) of this massive crane, the "Mammoet", which was set up on the west-side of the creek, on the N.Service Rd., just above the newly-built west-side bridge abutment. The Mammoet here is seen in its resting position; the top end extends several sections higher when it is in action hauling a load.
above: Aug.30, 2010 - looking in the upper-left at the newly-built east-side abutment of the bridge over Fifteen Mile Creek (the huge crane is located behind, and to the right, on the west-side).
Note the make-shift bridge for workers to cross the creek.
Also note the short round concrete columns sitting in the water on both sides of the creek - these were the old supports for the previous bridge; the new abutments, as can be seen, are further back, higher up, and much larger than the old ones were.
At the far right distance is the bridge carrying the west-bound QEW over Fifteen Mile Creek.
below: Aug.30, 2010 - same location, the east abutment is at the left, the west abutment is seen at the right. The site is ready for the beams to be placed across the creek the next day.

above: Aug.31, 2010 - the same view as previous above; by next morning, nine of the massive beams had already been laid across the creek, allowing workers to cross above for the first time. Note a worker also crossing the creek using the temp bridge below!above: Aug.31, 2010 - the cables from the Mammoet hang slack after having delivered a beam into place. The beam now seen was the second-last placed into position; the last beam, seen in the below video, will be lowered into position beside it, closest to the camera; its west end will sit on the abutment where the two workers are at the right.
below: Aug.31, 2010 - Video of the last concrete beam being placed on the North Service Rd. bridge over Fifteen Mile Creek.
The actual installation of each beam, from being lifted off the truck to being placed on the bridge abutment, was astoundingly quick, less than five minutes, in fact, as can be seen in the main single-take on the video.
A concrete beam, still on its trailer wheels, would be positioned on the roadway beside the Mammoet. It would then be hauled up, off the trailer, by the Mammoet (seen fully-extended) using cables attached to each end of the beam. The Mammoet lifted the beam off the truck, and then the Mammoet rotated from west to east, moving each beam in almost a horizontal side-swing over the creek; the beams were positioned to touch down into their place on the east-side abutment first, then they touched down onto the west-side abutment.


Brantford demolition continues

Further to my previous post - on Aug.31, 2010, demolition began on the building at #135 Colborne St., which was built by Arunah Huntington ca.1867.
Below, #135 is seen with its gable roof torn down. below: a little while later, the third-floor ceilng and west-side brick wall are gone.
below: now the third floor has collapsed onto the second floor; the rear wall is being demolished
below: the rear wall is gone
below: the debris which had been laying on the second floor has collapsed down within the building into the first floor of #135. The next building still fully standing, whose wall is now exposed, is #137 Colborne St.

above: looking south from Colborne St., in the lower foreground is the remnant of the mid-rear brick wall of #131-133 Colborne (demolished yesterday); next to it, at the far center-left, is the remnant of the now-demolished rear addition which had been behind #135 Colborne (it was demolished prior to the front part of #135 being demolished, probably done early today).
At the upper right is the gable of the Riverview Automotive building (still standing at this time), which had been at the rear of #131-133 Colborne.
Now from this vantage point the old Brantford train station can be seen in the upper right distance.
below: video of #135 Colborne St. being demolished.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Brantford demolition continues

Further to my previous post, as of Mon. Aug.30, 2010, the demolition was focused on #131-133 Colborne St.; its front facade (the one with the hidden "billiards, tobacco, cigars" sign) was ripped down today, as well as the floor that had collapsed in the center, as well as the three-storey mid-rear wall (all still remaining from Fri.27th); also, the mid-rear portion was torn down today, up to the rear gable of the Riverview Automotive building, which sits behind down on Water St.
below: Aug.30, 2010 - as seen at the right rear, behind where the three-storey brick wall of #131-133 had stood, there was a single-story addition which stretched back towards the firehall-looking Riverview building.
The next building still standing, with its west-wall now exposed, is #135 Colborne Street. [The stairwell and painted room outlines seen on the brick wall, of course, are (or rather, were) part of the inside east-side wall of #131-133 Colborne!]
above: Aug.30, 2010 - the roof of the single-storey addition (consisting of the mid-rear section of #131-133) had just been torn down several seconds ago, revealing for the first time this view from Colborne St. of the north-side of the square-topped tower of the old Riverside Automotive building on Water St. (in the center-right distance)
The wall of #135 is at the far left
below: Aug.30, 2010 - looking from the walkway, the mid-rear of #131-133 is being demolished. The firehall-looking old Riverview Automotive building with the tower, sits right behind this addition. Hard to tell whether this mid-rear section had any levels beneath it, going down the slope.

above: Aug.30, 2010 - looking from a little farther south along the walkway, it is clear that between the mid-rear addition and the old Riverview Automotive building at the right, the brick walls of the two buildings were separate, as seen closer below:
below: the brick over the gable of the Riverview structure (where it meets the mid-rear building) was laid in an odd manner - not horizontally, but rather at an angle, following the slope of the gable.

above: at the upper right, the Colborne-street-grade mid-rear section of #131-133 has now been removed, right up to the gable of the Riverview building, revealing a door-way which led from the (Colborne street-level) mid-section into the (Water St. fourth-storey!) gable of the Riverview building, as seen below:
below: video of the demolition of the mid-part of #131-133 Colborne St., as seen on Aug.30, 2010.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another smug Liberal-appointed LHIN bureaucrat spews crap

Another overpaid Liberal-appointed smug LHIN asshole spews his offensive crap.
Ahhhhh... George Smitherman would be so proud of what he foisted onto the patients and taxpayers trapped in Dalton McGuinty's single-payer-health-monopoly-infected province of Ontario.
No doubt, Dalton McGuinty and Deb Matthews are.

Anne Jarvis wrote in "Time to rein in LHIN's" (Windsor Star, Aug.27, 2010):

" 'Let's be very clear - this guy is making this crap up," Gary Switzer, CEO of the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network, snapped Wednesday after another attack by Tory leader Tim Hudak.

Well, I'm not making this up. Mina Grossman-Ianni, chairwoman of the local LHIN, received a whopping $54,075 in per diem payments last year - 29 per cent more than the previous year.

Per diems for the rest of the board, including a vice-chairman and seven directors, totalled $64,450. The entire board also received $127,811 for expenses. Grand total: almost a quarter of a million dollars.

"That's offensive," said a source high up in local health care.

"I don't think it's a lot of money," Grossman-Ianni said of her stipend.

It's outrageous. LHINs are supposed to save the health care system money. Board appointments are part-time positions. The few people in the public who actually know what a LHIN is (it co-ordinates and funds local health care) assume board members are volunteers.

As chairwoman, Grossman-Ianni gets $350 a day. The vice-chair gets $250 and board members $200. They are also reimbursed for expenses like mileage and meals. Some meetings last all day, Grossman-Ianni said. If she works part of the day, she charges part of the stipend. She made more last year because she worked more.

By contrast, local hospital board members get a cheap dinner at meetings. That's it.

By the way, LHIN board members are appointed by the Ontario government, which is odd since LHINs are supposed to provide local control over health care. Hospital board appointments are decided locally.

Switzer was paid $313,119 last year. But he wants to set the record straight. That was because he received one of his bonuses a year late. His actual salary is only $260,000. However, he's eligible for a 14 per cent performance bonus. He's received that bonus every year - notwithstanding the recent scathing report on Ontario's 14 LIHNs by provincial ombudsman Andre Marin.

Switzer's pay was $222,696 three years ago. He's moving up -- fast.

Seven of the LHIN's staff made Ontario's Sunshine List of provincial employees paid more than $100,000 a year. Every year, there has been one more person on the list.

The LHIN spent a total of $4.6 million on administration last year. That's a lot of money that could go toward the much-needed second cardiac catheterization lab.

Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj makes $265,000, substantially less than Switzer and his bonus, and as Musyj likes to point out, he hasn't had an increase since 2007. The hospital's entire non-union staff has had their pay frozen for two years. And hospitals, unlike LHINs, actually treat patients.

These fiefdoms were created in 2007 to control spiralling health care costs by rationalizing services and to provide communities with more say in their services. But they haven't done a good job at either mandate.

It takes three contracts to get a patient at home a bath, says health policy analyst Dr. Michael Rachlis of the University of Toronto.

The LHIN contracts with the Community Care Access Centre, which arranges home care.

The CCAC contracts with a home care service, and the service contracts with health care workers. There are lots of boards and CEOs in this system.

Other provinces think it's "pretty stupid," said Rachlis.

The Erie-St. Clair LHIN is working on rationalizing services at the five hospitals it covers in Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton. It's paying a consultant $1.5 million to tell it what to do. The job was "beyond the resources" of the LHIN, said Switzer.

LHINs also don't include public health boards or even many doctors, Rachlis said. It's hard to plan health care without public health boards and doctors.

LHINs don't have much real power, either, he said. The province and the hospitals have the power. There was scant mention of the local LHIN when all hell broke loose at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital recently. That's telling.

Switzer says his LHIN tries hard to engage the community, organizing public meetings and focus groups. So why doesn't anyone know what a LHIN is? Three-quarters of the community probably doesn't know what it is, said my source.

Illegal, secret board meetings at LHINs across Ontario, exposed by the ombudsman, showed only contempt for the idea of consulting the community. So did the responses by Switzer and local chairwoman Grossman-Ianni, who defended the meetings.

The province - acting a year after seeing Marin's draft report - had to tell them to stop.

We shouldn't abolish LHINs, like Hudak wants. With health care consuming 40 per cent of Ontario's budget and an aging population, we need to rationalize services, and local communities should have a say. But the first thing to be restructured, it's clear, is the LHINs."

Sorry, Anne, but after reading your own report the conclusion ought to be that the FIRST thing to do is FIRE SWITZER - this jerkoff's gotta go, along with every Liberal-appointed useless LHIN leech in Ontario. Is Switzer now acting as Deb Matthew's political spokesman as well?!
And by the way, it's not just Hudak who wants to abolish the disastrous LHIN's - Welland NDP MPP Kormos has said the same thing (see Tanya Talaga's Aug.21, 2010 Toronto Star story "Ontario's local health networks must go, opposition says" here, here).

We SHOULD abolish the LHIN's ASAP, and send smug shits like Switzer packing. Switzer sounds just like a George Smitherman-emulating Liberal political hack/puppet.

All of this, by the way [as if it needs repeating, but alas, it does] is the aftermath of LHIN-creator and Liberal health-monopoly-enforcing-ideologue George Smitherman's incompetence: we must remember this.

This McGuinty-government-created LHIN disaster is unfolding not only in Windsor, but in Niagara (which was the focus of ombudsman Marin's report) and throughout Ontario.

Smitherman has merrily since slithered off to run for mayor of Toronto, but this has Slippery George's slimy half-cocked Liberal monopolist stench all over it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Brantford demolition continues

Further to my previous post - as of Aug.19, 2010, the demolition had reached up to the building at #127 Colborne St. (lastly Annie's) seen still standing in the photo below.
The pile of debris at the right is the demolished building which had stood at #125 Colborne St., whose side door (which led upstairs) is still visible in the bottom centre. Sam the Record Man was located at #125 in the 1970's. #125 was demolished on Aug.18, 2010
Farther to the left of Annie's is the storefront of Arn Black at #129 Colborne St.
At the very far upper left is seen the taller west-side wall of #131-133 Colborne St.
above: on Aug.6, 2010, this is how #125 Colborne St. looked, standing at the right of Annie's. #125 was the building which had the large addition over the slope at the rear sitting on steel columns, seen in the fourth photo below.
below: Aug.19, 2010 - wider view of the same location as the top photo above, looking east along the south-side of Colborne St.; #125 Colborne has been demolished, and Annie's at #127 is the building still standing at the right.

above: same view as previous above, but as seen on Aug.26, 2010 - Annie's at #127 Colborne has by now been demolished, also Arn Black at #129 has been demolished, and also the building at #131-133 has been almost demolished. Part of the lower boarded-up storefront of #131-133 is still seen standing, and part of its three-storey brick wall is still standing at the rear. The center of the building is a pile of debris.
above: seen Aug.27, 2010 - the storefront and rear brick wall of #131-133 are still standing, while some of the debris has been cleared out from the center, exposing a large section of collapsed flooring.
The next building still standing, whose west-wall is now seen exposed, is #135 Colborne St.
below: Aug.26, 2010 - looking east from the Stanbridge walkway - #135 Colborne is seen standing at the upper-left, and the debris of what was once #131-133 Colborne lays beside it.
At the right of the photo, the steel frame which had supported an addition at the rear of #125 Colborne is still there, but the addition is gone; and the rear portions of both #127 Colborne St. (Annie's) and #129 Colborne St. (Arn Black) can still be seen partially standing.

above: Aug.27, 2010 - looking east from the walkway at the demolition site, details shown on photo (Click on any photo to enlarge)
below: Aug.26, 2010 - at the lower left is the boarded-up storefront of #131-133 Colborne St., in the distance is its still-standing rear brick wall.
In the upper left can be seen the taller wall of #135 Colborne St. which is the next-door building to the east.
In the centre-right distance is the rear-portion of # 129 Colborne St., not yet fully demolished; and further to the right is the partially-standing rear of #127 Colborne St.
(Between #131-133 and #129 there had once been an alley leading to the building down in the rear, facing Water St., the one with a tower, which looked like a fire hall, but was apparently a grocery warehouse. The alleyway was converted into a shoe-shine shop in 1926. The outline of this separation between the two buildings could still be seen here)

above: Aug.27, 2010 - looking from the rear at the boarded-up facade of #131-133 Colborne St. (same boarded-up facade seen previously above).
Letters from an old sign can clearly be seen from the back, hidden from street-view behind the old plywood covering the storefront.
The sign's letters are red with a black drop-shadow, on what looks like a yellow or cream background, with a green-trimmed edge surrounding the sign, and they are painted on glass that was above the front store windows, facing onto Colborne St.
The words are "billiards" in the right portion, and "tobacco cigars" on the left portion. (click photo to enlarge!) This painted glass sign could date back to 1937, when a George Gavares had a billiards hall here.
below: Aug.26, 2010 - looking west along the south-side of Colborne St. from in front of the entrance to the Art Stanbridge walkway. As crews continue to terrace the slope where the buildings had stood, heavy equipment is now filling in the basements of all the buildings which had faced onto Colborne St. Many basements were revealed to have had windows below sidewalk level, which had since been blocked over; at one time they must have accessed the street through a raised sidewalk grate, for the delivery of supplies or to chute coal into the basement.below: Aug.26, 2010 - wider view of the same area as previously above. The corner of the basement wall closest to the bottom right is where the north-east corner of the building at #113 Colborne St. had been. Window openings can be seen facing the street below grade. The old basement wall edges facing along Colborne St. are not actually being fully removed; they are being filled in with gravel, as the terracing continues. Large portions of old basement walls, footings, and floors remain, and are just being covered with brick rubble and gravel.

above: Aug.27, 2010, same view - the terracing and filling continues eastward, creeping closer to the walkway. The basement of #113 Colborne St. still sits exposed in the lower center.
below: Aug.27, 2010 - looking west from the walkway at the basement where #113 Colborne had stood; the stairs at the lower right had led to the building's lower-level side door, see earlier view here.

above: Aug.26, 2010 - looking up at the demolition site from Water St., west of the walkway. At the top of the slope, the newly-built terrace is seen running from left to the right along the sidewalk edge of Colborne St.; towards the right (as seen in the previous photos) the upper basements are in the process of being filled in. In the upper center a yellow roller compacts the fill. Along the lower slope several basement foundation walls (some built of stone, some block, some concrete) of many of the recently-demolished buildings are still visible.

At the top can be seen the entire block of buildings which stand on the north side of Colborne St., from King St. (the building at the far left stands on the north-east corner of Colborne and King) to Queen St. (the building at the far right stands on the north-west corner of Colborne and Queen)

Of course, until the buildings along the south side were demolished during June, July and August, this vista had never before been visible.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Questioning Liberal MPP Jim Bradley's unsustainable health monopoly

Further to my previous post, here's another health-care column, "Sounding the alarm on medicare" (by Brett J. Skinner and Mark Rovere, National Post, Aug.17, 2010) which secretive Ontario Liberal MPP Jim Bradley will hide from commenting upon.

Certainly, our local newspaper, the St.Catharines Standard - which has been gladly and faithfully performing the Hindlick Manoeuvre on their Golden Liberal Prince, Jim Bradley, for decades - won't bother Jimmy about this bothersome idea which questions the validity and the efficacy of the Liberals' health monopoly.

What reaction does St.Catharines' local health-care-monopoly-enforcing-thug, Liberal MPP Jim 'I hate doctors' Bradley, have in response to Skinner and Rovere's view that:

"The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently published a paper about the worrisome condition of Canada’s health-care system. Its report concluded that the growth in government spending on health care is unsustainable, and that medicare is failing to provide adequate access to high-quality medical goods and services. The CMA’s conclusions are supported by the facts. Yet a glaring omission in the CMA report was the lack of discussion about the root causes. We suspect that everyone knows what the real problem is, though few seem to have the courage to say it out loud. So let’s cut the nonsense and just say it: Canada’s health system failures are caused by the government’s monopoly over medical insurance, the centrally planned allocation of medical goods and services, and the lack of consumer exposure to the cost of using health care.
The core issue driving the medicare crisis is that the growth in government health spending is unsustainable. According to the most recently available Statistics Canada data, government spending on health care grew at an average annual rate of 7.4% across all provinces over the period from 1999-2000 to 2008-2009. Meanwhile, total available provincial revenue (from all sources, including federal transfers) grew at an annual rate of 6.5% and the annual growth in the economy was 6.4%." ?

What does Jim Bradley have to say to the idea that:

"Ultimately Canada should look to the Netherlands and Switzerland, two countries that have taken market-oriented health reforms even further. The Dutch and Swiss have universal coverage without government delivery of health insurance. Both countries combine a universal mandate to purchase private health insurance with public subsidies for low-income people so that all can afford to obtain coverage.

Economic reality favours market-oriented reforms. The interests of Canadian patients and taxpayers are harmed by the stubborn maintenance of the status quo. We have other options and the consequences of doing nothing are increasingly serious".

The St.Catharines Standard still hasn't reported Jim Bradley's reaction to the Kitts HIP report - from two years ago, let alone Jimmy's reaction to ombudsman Andre Marin's critical report, released Aug.10, 2010, detailing the Liberal-created LHIN's culture of secrecy. And no word from the Standard on what Jim Bradley's reaction was to the recent CMA report, either!

Far be it for the St.Catharines Standard to even dare question Golden Jimmy about his massively failing Liberal health-care monopoly!! Yet, health-care monopolist Jim Bradley is the poster-boy of the stubborn Liberal, who blithely harms both patients and taxpayers with his ideological enforcement of the single-payer status-quo!!!!!

Nobody really knows what slick Grit greaseball Jim Bradley thinks anymore. (see here)

And the St.Catharines Standard is doing its ass-lickety best to keep it that way.

Get rid of Smitherman's LHIN disaster?! Don't ask Liberal Jim Bradley about that!

Let's hope that Jim Bradley is NOT asked by his bootlicks over at the St.Catharines Standard's JimmyB Fanclub to comment on Tanya Talaga's Aug.16, 2010 Toronto Star story "Ontario's local health networks must go, opposition says".
I mean, WHY SHOULD Good Ole Secretive Jimmy answer anything?!
It's better for the St.Catharines Standard's Jim Bradley Liberal Asslick Institute to simply ignore Jim Bradley in these times of inconveniently exposed Liberal healthcare duplicity!!
Who wants Jim Bradley to explain why his Liberal lying government's asinine LHIN's blew $80 million in 2009-10 for wages, rent and equipment? Certainly, NOT THE ST.CATHARINES STANDARD!! Makin' Liberal MPP Jim Bradley explain this stuff in public can only make Jim look bad - so, it's better to find other stuff to spin - say... how's that anthropogenic global warming thing going? oops - yeah, Jimmy can't talk about that, either...
The LHIN fiasco brought to Ontario by the incompetent fools Dalton McGuinty and George Smitherman doesn't need any explanations from Jim.
The St.Catharines Standard will make damn sure of that.
It's better to attack, ohhh, say, the NHS rather than the NHS's monopolist political masters: the McGuinty Liberal government!
Liberal Deb Matthews didn't restore the ER's in Fort Erie or Port Colborne, did she?!! She still thinks - bizarrely, even after Marin's report - that Slitherman's LHIN cock-up IS NOT A COCK-UP!!
And what does Jim think? Who the FLICK knows!!
All that Liberals such as Jim Bradley "care" about is that 300 of his LHIN monopoly's officials (who are still 'learning on the job', no less!) can continue to ahem... 'wisely spend scant health-care dollars' - because the people of Ontario, trapped in McGuinty's single-payer health monopoly, certainly can't be trusted with that task!!!
Obviously, the St.Catharines Standard (whose motto is "Proudly carrying Jim Bradley's Liberal Sacs Since '77") agrees.
Otherwise, they would have asked their pal Jim, instead of helping cover for him.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Brantford demolition continues

Further to my previous post, #113 Colborne St. was demolished during the morning of Aug.16, 2010. It had been the last building left standing along the south side of Colborne St., in the stretch of demolition from Brant Ave. to the Art Stanbridge walkway above: 113 Colborne St. seen on Aug.13, 2010; the Art Stanbridge walkway is at the left
above: Aug.16, 2010 - same view as previous photo; #113 is gone.
below: Mar.6, 2010 - looking west along the south side of Colborne St. towards Brant Ave.; #35 Colborne St. (which was the first building to be demolished in this project, on Jun.8, 2010) is the tall building seen standing in the distance.
A small part of #113 Colborne St. is seen at the very far left.

above: Aug.16, 2010 - the same view, looking west along the south side of Colborne St.; all the buildings have been demolished. #113 Colborne St. stood at the left.
below: Aug.16, 2010 - looking west along the south side of Colborne St.; the green-brick wall seen at the bottom is a remnant of the east-side wall of #113 Colborne St. (which faced the Art Stanbridge Walkway)
Along the left, running into the distance, can be seen the long line where the foundations of the now-demolished buildings had met the city sidewalk.

above: Aug.16, 2010 - looking west, from the walkway, towards Brant Ave. in the distance. Where the yellow excavator is seen at the far left is where #35 Colborne st. had stood (demolished Jun.8, 2010). As can now be seen, the slope upon which the buildings had stood for some-140-years is now being terraced and compacted. Part of the Brantford armoury can seen in the left distance.
below: Aug.13, 2010 - closer view of the top corner cornice at #113 Colborne St. Note that the cornice of this ca.1870's-built building is made of decorative stamped metal - perhaps it came from the Pressed Metal Showroom and factory in Parkdale (see here; here)?!

above two photos: Aug.16, 2010 - pieces of the metal cornice from #113 Colborne St. lay in the rubble on the street.
below: Aug.13. 2010 - looking at the east-side wall of #113 Colborne St. as seen from the walkway. The upper white door at the right was the entrance to #113 1/2 Colborne St. - here Dr. Bradley W. Linscott had opened his dental practice in 1906, which he ran for some 50 years!

above: Aug.16, 2010 - the same view, after the upper level of #113 Colborne St. had been demolished earlier today, revealing the previously-hidden vista in the distance.
below: Aug.13, 2010 - looking at the east-side wall of #113 Colborne St. from the Art Stanbridge walkway.

above: Aug.16, 2010 - same view.
below: Mar.6, 2010 - looking towards Colborne St. from the east side of the Art Stanbridge walkway. The building at the left with the tall chimney is the rear of #115-117 Colborne St.

above: Aug.16, 2010 - same view. The building wall now exposed at the right is the west-side wall of #125 Colborne St.
below: Mar.6, 2010 looking at the south side of Colborne St. from King St. The Esquire Theatre building is seen across the street, at the far left.

above: same view, Aug.16, 2010: it's all gone now.
below: Mar.6, 2010 - looking at the south side of Colborne St. from Queen St.
The Cafe Linh building (which had been at 107-109 Colborne St.) is seen at the far left.

above: Aug.16, 2010 - same view, the buildings have been demolished.